Pug Dog Breed Information

Pug Quick Facts
Breed Group: Toy
Origen: China
Nickname: Pug
Weight: 14-18 lbs
Height: 10-11 inches
Color(s): Silver, apricot-fawn, or black, with black muzzle or mask, ears, cheek moles, and trace down back

Pug Appearance

The Pug is a small, compact, and robust dog with a strong build. The round head is massive with a short, dull, square shaped muzzle. The gait is strong and jaunty. His face has large, deep wrinkles with large prominent eyes and small thin ears. Their tail is curled over the hip. A Pug's character is unique in that he is a clown at heart with a terrific sense of humor but at the same time he carries himself with great dignity. The Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dogs.

They are of Chinese origin and dates back to the pre-Christian era but the more refined Pug that we know today must be credited to the English. The short coat is soft, fine and smooth. Coat colors come in Silver, apricot-fawn, or black, with black muzzle or mask, ears, cheek moles, and trace down back. The weight of the Pug is around 14-18 pounds; and the height around 10-11 inches.

Pug Temperament

The Pug is amiable, playful, and clownish companion. They are loyal, caring and affectionate with their families, they are sure to keep you laughing. It could also be stubborn and determined sometimes; but is lovely and generally willing to please.

The Pug is not an overly active dog; they are more inclined to cuddle up and have a nap than to play around, although some can be very entertaining to be around. It loves to dance around and show off. He is easy to spoil, yet can be depended on to maintain his sweet, comical and charming personality.

Is Pug the Right Dog Breed for You?

Pugs are comfortable in small apartments he is relatively inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard, but the breed can adapt easily to all situations. They need minimal exercise that could be well done with a moderated daily walk on leash or a lively game. It does not do well in heat and humidity and should not be kept outdoors.

Pugs are good watchdogs, very devoted and alert. They get along well with other dogs and pets, and they behave impeccably with both children and visitors, though they can be jealous of another pet sitting in your lap. Pugs are strong willed but rarely aggressive, they are suitable for families with children.

Pug Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Pug is around 12-15 years.

Pug Health problems

There is a number of health problems associated with this dog breed. The major concerns are CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), and PDE (Pug dog encephalitis). Other concerns are patellar luxation, stenotic nares, elongated palate, entropion, KCS ( Keratoconjunctivitis sicca) and skin infections. Pugs are prone to corneal abrasion and obesity. Pug cannot tolerate head and is also sensitive to anesthesia. Skin fold dermatitis can occur if wrinkles are not regularly cleaned.

Pug Care and Grooming

Pugs are not a natural breed and can be highly maintenance dogs. Pug needs minimal coat care. Its smooth coat needs only occasional brushing to remove dead hair; however the wrinkles on his face need regular cleaning and drying to prevent skin infections. Use dry shampoo occasionally and bathe only when necessary. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder and extra care is needed when the dog is shedding.

Pug Shedding

The Pug is a seasonally heavy shedder therefore, is not well suited to allergy sufferers. Most people are unpleasantly surprised to discover that these short-coated dogs shed so much.